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Being Bess: On This Day in Elizabethan History: Queen Elizabeth I Delivers The Golden Speech

On This Day in Elizabethan History: Queen Elizabeth I Delivers The Golden Speech

Elizabeth I of England born: 1533; died: 1603 Even though past queens such as Empress Matilda, Lady Jane Grey, and Mary I had all ruled England in their own right, Elizabeth was truly the first crowned queen to successfully rule with absolute power. She never married and has often been referred to as the “Virgin Queen.”

Elizabeth I Queen of England Coronation portrait - 1600 copy of 1558 original (National Portrait Gallery, London) This is a 1600 copy of a portrait painted of old Elizabeth Tudor in her coronation robes with her regalia.

Nicholas Hilliard portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (detail)

DETAIL of necklace - artist Nicholas Hilliard - portrait of Queen Elizabeth I the so-called 'Pelican portrait' due to pendant (see full portrait) oil on panel; x 61 cm x 24 in).

Lots of villages in the UK have turned red telephone boxes into mini libraries, just take a book and leave one behind.

Many villages in the UK have turned red telephone boxes into mini libraries, just take a book and leave one behind. I really live in the wrong country. Just not as glamorous without the red telephone boxes!

A bookshop somewhere ...

So i decided I'm going to have have one room in my house dedicated to awesomely weird stuff, antiques, books, etc. Think Hogwart's Room of requirement / A. McQueen's cabinet of curiosities kinda thing.